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2003 4BR AWARDS: The 4BR Special Award

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Salvationist Publishing and Supplies

Trevor CaffullIn the last couple of years the influence of the Salvation Army in the general banding world has started to become much more pronounced. It is one of the best things that has ever happened to our movement.

The increase in quality CD releases through their partnership with Doyen Recordings as well as their own “in house” output, their sponsorship of major concert events and their development of new ideas to help promote the movement as a whole shows that it is an influence that should be encouraged further.

In 2003 they showed just why, with the release of the DVD of the European Brass Band Championships in Bergen. This was a professionally engineered release – intelligently produced both technically and musically, with features and interviews that enhanced the coverage of the excellent performances from the bands both at the contest and at the Gala Concert.

It was tremendously enjoyable and caught the celebratory mood of the weekend to the full. The march of technology is unremitting, and the brass band movement has at times been left behind, but the involvement of SP&S shows the way forward.

The work of SP&S under Trevor Caffull has shown us that we now have a driving force that can only do us good, and with a second DVD of the excellent Eric Ball Centenary Celebration Concert ready to be bought in the same large numbers as the European, a new era in the promotion of the brass band world has begun in fine style.

We can only thank them for their efforts to date, and they are the deserved recipients of the 4BR Special Award.

Previous winners:
2002: Frank Hodges (British Federation of Brass Bands)
2001: Alan Jenkins (Brass Band World Magazine)

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